Mark Loewenstern

Mark Loewenstern

Mark Loewenstern is a four-time finalist for the Heideman Award and a winner of the Samuel French OOB Festival among others. Plays: Dorothea Puente Tells All! (sold-out run at California Stage Company), Near Nellie Bly (O’Neill semi-finalist, Gulfshore New Works Festival), Parish Dunkeld, Carnality, One is the Road, The Bloomingdale Road, The Slightly Exaggerated True Story of "Civic Virtue," The...
Mark Loewenstern is a four-time finalist for the Heideman Award and a winner of the Samuel French OOB Festival among others. Plays: Dorothea Puente Tells All! (sold-out run at California Stage Company), Near Nellie Bly (O’Neill semi-finalist, Gulfshore New Works Festival), Parish Dunkeld, Carnality, One is the Road, The Bloomingdale Road, The Slightly Exaggerated True Story of "Civic Virtue," The Nastiest Drink in the World, Grandmother’s House. Films: 6 Love Stories (w. Alicia Witt), Holiday Rumble, 26 Months After Katrina. Dramatists Guild member #516. Email him at goodyarn@hotmail.com.

Plays

  • Dorothea Puente Tells All! An Evening with the Magnanimous, Distinguished and Noble Lady of Sacramento
    Dorothea Puente was a lifelong con-artist and skilled murderer. Her abuse of the welfare system led directly to new federal legislation. In the Latinx community, she was loved as a pillar of the community though she herself was white. On November 11, 1988, police discovered 7 bodies buried in her yard, thanks in large part to the heroic efforts of a humble volunteer social worker. This play reveals Dorothea...
    Dorothea Puente was a lifelong con-artist and skilled murderer. Her abuse of the welfare system led directly to new federal legislation. In the Latinx community, she was loved as a pillar of the community though she herself was white. On November 11, 1988, police discovered 7 bodies buried in her yard, thanks in large part to the heroic efforts of a humble volunteer social worker. This play reveals Dorothea Puente's terrible hunger for people to believe the exalted image of herself that she'd created, and shows the rest of us something about our own needs and vulnerabilities, and how we can protect ourselves from the sort of people who would exploit us.
  • One is the Road
    SHORT PLAY
    Our protagonist drives home from vacation with his wife. He relates to us the 7 things he is thinking and doing moment-to-moment over the course of a crucial five minutes in his life.

    (2014 Nominee for Best Short Script -- New York Innovative Theatre Awards)
  • Near Nellie Bly
    (Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival, 2019)
    (O'Neill Semi-Finalist)

    FULL LENGTH
    Nellie Bly, aspiring daredevil reporter, went undercover in an insane asylum on Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) in New York City, 1887. There she befriended a patient named Anne Neville. After 10 days, Nellie was released. Anne stayed. This play tells the above story from Anne Neville’s perspective.
  • Parish Dunkeld
    FULL-LENGTH
    In rural Scotland in 1793, a small parish believes it is safe from the revolutions shaking the world. But when a well-intentioned man of reason arrives, bringing violent upheaval, the people of Parish Dunkeld must fight their way back from the brink.

    "It is a thinking person's art, not just an evening's entertainment." PGN
  • SYATP
    SHORT PLAY
    A monologue inspired by the shooting at Wedgwood Baptist Church, September 1999. Written for Code Red Playwrights: Enough / Volume #4

  • Carnality
    10 MINUTE PLAY
    When your head wants one thing and the rest of you wants something else.
  • Grandmother's House
    10 MINUTE PLAY
    Renee pays Rose an unannounced visit. A new spin on Red Riding Hood, where granddaughter is the Wolf.
  • A Doctor's Visit
    Winner of the Samuel French OOB Fest!

    10 MINUTE PLAY
    During the Crusades, a sick King Richard the Lionhearted is visited by the Sultan's personal physician, the Jewish sage Moses Maimonides. A different era's view of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
  • The Slightly Exaggerated True Story of "Civic Virtue"
    ONE-ACT
    The marble sculpture "Civic Virtue Triumphant Over Unrighteousness" caused an uproar before it was even installed outside City Hall in New York City, in 1922. This uproar lasted for over 90 years. It is here presented for your viewing pleasure in about 20 minutes
  • Motivation
    SHORT PLAY
    Based on the shootings near the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque, Queens, NY. Written for Code Red #Faith.
  • Never No More (a Zoom play)
    10 MINUTE
    A hastily set-up Zoom date takes an unexpected turn.